April 18, 2012
School pools across Toronto will have at least five years of secure city funding if council approves a deal between the city and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
The deal would see the TDSB lower the fees the city pays during non-school hours at 33 pools by $285,300 a year, to just under $6 million. The deal is expected to save the city $1.2 million over the five-year term.
Mayor Rob Ford had originally proposed cutting funding to seven school pools in an effort to save money. Ford’s plan was shot down and the 2012 operating budget passed in January contained school pool funding, along with a motion calling on the city manager to work on reducing the city’s pool costs.
The agreement still needs to go before the city’s community development and recreation committee later this month before it goes to council for approval on May 8. The current agreement expires May 30.
“Our city’s school pools are deeply valued by our communities. They support our childrens’ (sic) education, assist in teaching life-saving skills, contribute to recreational opportunities and our quality of life — for youth to seniors, and everyone in between,” Coun. Josh Matlow said in a statement Wednesday.
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